Duterte Says He Has Cousins Fighting With ISIS

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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In his latest shocking admission, the bombastic president of the Philippines revealed that he has relatives fighting alongside the Islamic State (ISIS).

President Rodrigo Duterte, who recently admitted to shooting criminals in cold blood and throwing them out of helicopters, said that he may have cousins in league with ISIS, as well as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — both of which are militant Islamic separatist groups in the Philippines.

“To be frank, I have cousins on the other side, with MI and MN. Some, I heard, are with ISIS,” Duterte said in a recent interview with Rappler’s Executive Director Maria Ressa.

Duterte reportedly apologized in advance for what he might do if he met them face-to-face.

“I said, let’s be understanding to each other. You are you and I am I, and I said, if we meet in one corner, so be it,” the president explained, without going into specific details about how he might respond.

Duterte indicated that ISIS was behind a series of bombings in Midsayap and Catabato Christmas Eve, as well as the September attack in Davao.

The Davao bombing killed 14 and injured 70, shaking the country and inspiring the president to take aggressive action against Islamic militants in the Philippines.

“ISIS seems to be everywhere,” the president said during the interview.

Duterte launched a major offensive against the country’s Islamic militant groups, several of which have sworn allegiance to ISIS. The primary target was the Abu Sayaff group.

“Go ahead. Set off bombs. Time will come when I will eat you in front of people. I will devour you and if I have to, erase you,” Duterte thundered in a September address.

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